SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT (1984)
Directed by : Charles Sellier
Starring: Robert Brian Wilson, Gilmer McCormick, Linnea Quigley, Toni Nero
Theatrical Release: November 1984
In the spirit of the season of this movie, allow me to review it in song. Here are the discriptive lyrics! Feel free to sing along…
(*Sung to the Tune of”The Twelve Days of Christmas”) – In this Christmas Slasher the director gave to me:
*Twelve Gruesome Murders
*Eleven Hapless Victims
*Ten Goofy Orphans
*Nine Bellows of “Punish”
*Eight Year old sucky actors
*Seven Deadly Weapons
*Six Decent Death Scenes
*Five Drunk-en Fools
*Four Toy Store Murders
*Three Dressed As Santa
*Two Dead Parents
And a sub par film to Black Christmas!
A funny thing about the release date of the film – November 9th 1984, another popular horror film was released the very same weekend.
Silent Night, Deadly Night was released on this date – but because of protests and getting yanked from theatres it only made $2.5 million. Given that the budget for the film was only $750,000 it more than tripled it’s costs and was therefore considered a hit – allowing for the sequels. But one has to wonder how much it would have made.
The other film released on the same date was A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). With it’s $1.6 million budget, the movie was a smash hit and went on to make $26 million dollars in its initial release, and thereby spawning not only a franchise but an empire – as each subsequent film made more than the last.
But, had Silent Night not been yanked from theatres in its initial run, would it have stolen some of Elm Street‘s thunder?